The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries host a very large share of our planet’s biodiversity. The BIOPAMA (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management) Programme by IUCN and partners assists these countries in managing their natural heritage. The management of relations with the BIOPAMA donors, the European Union and the ACP Group, based in Brussels, is ensured from the IUCN European Regional Office.


The richness and diversity of plants, animals and ecosystems in protected areas of many countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific provides services to local people and communities in and around these areas. The protection and sustainable use of resources can help reduce poverty and provide benefits also for urban areas and communities. Yet, in most countries there are often information gaps and lack of adequate capacity to plan and effectively manage protected areas.

The BIOPAMA Programme seeks to address this challenge. Its objective is to develop a framework for improving technical and institutional approaches through capacity building and regional cooperation to manage biodiversity conservation, particularly in protected areas in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

The programme was launched in July 2011 at the initiative of the ACP Group and is funded by the 10th European Development Fund of the European Union. BIOPAMA is implemented in cooperation with the European Commission Joint Research Centre and the the Multi-Donor ABS Initiative managed by GIZ.

For more information about the programme, contact Roxana Bucioaca and visit

Did you know?

  • The European Commission supports the mainstreaming of biodiversity into all sectors of its development and cooperation policies, aware of the link between biodiversity conservation, economic development and the eradication of poverty.
  • The European Union’s Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, adopted in May 2011, includes a global dimension and steps up the EU’s contribution to averting global biodiversity loss.
  • The EU is the largest contributor of biodiversity finance to developing countries. In 2006-2010, the EU and its 27 Member States committed around 1.7 billion Euros each year for biodiversity related aid.
  • The fundaments of EU’s cooperation relations for the economic, social and cultural development of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States are defined by the Cotonou Agreement.

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